Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Illustration Friday - RED

Due to computer issues and a busy schedule, it's been a few weeks since I've participated in Illustration Friday and I've missed it. The first thing I did, when I saw the topic, was sit down and brainstorm on all of the red things that I could think of.  Red is a very provocative color. It conjures some frightening images and some very lusty ones. There's also happy red images - cherries, watermelon, Valentine's hearts and Rudolph's nose. I chose to stick to the happy side of red (mostly since my interest lies in illustrating for children) and two of the first images I listed were the red tricycle and red velvet. Here they are - together.  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


     I did a few small watercolors during the week that my computer was being repaired. Below is the original watercolor (approx. 4" x 7") and above is the image after I had some more fun with it using my Wacom tablet.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Evening on the Arno River

Another larger (18" x 24") oil on canvas that I did because I liked the way the miniature version turned out.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lane at Villa Le Montanine

  12" x 16" oil on gesso board

     I had done a miniature 2" x 3" painting using the same reference photo and I liked the way it looked so I took the plunge and went bigger.  The photo was taken in Italy this past October where my step-daughter got married.  This is the lane leading away from the villa where we all stayed. I don't have a lot of experience with landscapes but look at me go! Haha!